Kids Talk Open House
On March 16, 2017, we celebrated the opening of a fabulous new facility for our Kids Talk Child Advocacy Center. The new location at 1102 W. 14th Street in Anderson is a bigger, brighter space that offers more room and more privacy for the children and families served by Kids Talk. At the Open House, our Kids Talk staff greeted visitors, showed them around, and explained how the advocacy center helps abused, neglected and at risk children in Madison County. We are proud of the new space and our amazing Kids Talk staff!
Did you know that in 1847, a Hungarian obstetrician by the name of Ignaz P. Semmelweiss showed that hand washing greatly reduced infections in newborns? Dr. Semmelweiss attempted to promote hand washing and cleanliness among his colleagues. They didn't take it well and had him committed to a hospital!
That was 170 years ago and times have changed. Semmelweiss’s claims have been proven true many times over, and it is now a well-known fact that indeed, hand washing greatly reduces the spread of disease.
Yet, studies show that only 67% of people practice any sort of hand hygiene. Researchers believe that this number is low because while most people have a vague idea that hand washing is important, many don’t have a grasp on the facts. We’ve put together a list of some of the most interesting (and shocking!) facts about hand washing so you can see why practicing proper hand hygiene is so vitally important.
The survey interviewed 1,000 adults across the country and found the following:
- 71% claimed to wash their hands on a regular basis
- 58% have witnessed others leave a public restroom without hand washing
- 35% have witnessed a co-worker leave the restroom without hand washing
- 20% have witnessed a restaurant worker leave the restroom without hand washing
80% of communicable diseases are transferred by touch
- “Touch” refers primarily to the touching of food, or the touching of one’s own mouth, eyes, and nose. It is not simply person-to-person contact.
- Touching food with contaminated hands spreads foodborne illnesses like Salmonella, E. Coli, Staph, and diarrheal infection. Proper hand washing can reduce diarrhea rates by 40%.
- Diarrhea remains the second most common cause of childhood death
- Touching the face with contaminated hands spreads illnesses like pneumonia, the cold, and the flu. Proper hand washing can reduce respiratory infections by close to 20%.
- Pneumonia remains the number one cause of childhood death
The most critical times for hand washing are before preparing food and after going to the bathroom.
- Only 20% of people wash their hands before preparing food
- Less than 75% of women and less than 50% of men wash their hands after going to the bathroom
- Every time a toilet is flushed with the lid up, a fine mist containing bacteria such as E. Coli and Staph is spread over an area of 6 square meters. The area around sinks in public bathrooms is 90% covered in such bacteria.
The recommended washing time is 15-20 seconds. The ideal washing time is 30 seconds.
- For every 15 seconds spent washing hands, 10 times more bacteria is removed.
- The average person spends less than 10 seconds washing their hands
- 30 seconds of using hand sanitizer kills as much bacteria as 2 full minutes of hand washing
Most bacteria on our hands is on the fingertips and under the nails
- The number of bacteria on our fingertips doubles after using the bathroom
- Most people wash the palms of their hands and miss everything else
- The bacteria count is highest on the dominant hand. Yet right-handed people wash their left hand more thoroughly than their right hand, and vice versa
Damp hands are 1,000 times more likely to spread bacteria than dry hands
- Only 20% of people dry their hands after washing
- Re-usable cloth towels harbor millions of bacteria. Disposable paper towels are the most sanitary means of drying hands.
What does all this mean? It means we must do a better job of washing our hands to protect ourselves and everyone around us. Spring is a time of renewal and freshness. Let's renew our commitment to practice good hand washing.
A message of health from your Infection Control Team.
April and May Holidays
- April 16 - Easter
- April 26 - Administrative Professionals Day
- May 5 - Cinco do Mayo
- May 6 - National Nurses Day
- May 14 - Mother's Day
- May 29 - Memorial Day